From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“A truth cannot always be accessed empirically.  Science can only aid one’s journey towards a fuller knowledge of who God is, and ultimately, can only provide a partial glimpse of the nature and character of God.  A disciple is a persistent, consistent seeker after God.  A disciple yearns and searches after any scrap of knowledge available about his God; yet, that yearning may leave him vulnerable to those who would take advantage of his searching spirit.  The followers of Jim Jones and David Cyrus come sadly to mind.  So where is the answer?  If God is only partially accessed by empirical pursuits, how then can a disciple gain greater, more intimate knowledge of God?

Jesus provides the answer during His conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.  “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father… But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true (in actual fact) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  (John 4: 21, <st1:bcv_smarttag>23 – 24).  That which is true is a matter of fact; that which is truth is a matter of faith.””

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